Disney: ‘We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident’

An alligator killed a 2-year-old boy at a Disney resort in Orlando. Top company officials reached out to his parents, and it closed all beaches at its Florida locations.

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When you’re in the business of family fun and magical memories, a tragic incident—especially one involving a child—requires a quick and compassionate response.

“It seems unimaginable, especially at the Happiest Place on Earth,” CNN reported after 2-year-old Lane Graves was pulled underwater by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando, Florida.

The boy was wading in roughly one foot of water at the edge of the lake on Tuesday night when the alligator—which witnesses said was four to seven feet long—grabbed him and dragged him back into the water. A recovery team found the boy’s body about 16 hours later.

Officials said that the child’s father tried to fight off the alligator, but neither he nor a lifeguard could save the boy’s life.

The Associated Press reported:

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